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3/1/2018 Chamber News

Leadership St. Pete® Class of 2018 to Host Fundraising Event at Rococo Steak for SailFuture Group Home for Boys

March 1, 2018

Leadership St. Pete® Class of 2018 to Host Fundraising Event at Rococo Steak for SailFuture Group Home for Boys

ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – The Leadership St. Pete® (LSP) Class of 2018 will host their first fundraising event, “Setting Sail,” on March 8, 2018, 6-8pm, to raise money for a renovation project for SailFuture Group Home for Boys. The event will be held at Rococo Steak located at 655 2nd Ave S, St. Pete. Register at

This cocktail style event will include a minimum 50/50 raffle, cocktails, and hors d’oevres. Learn more about the LSP Class of 2018’s project and meet the executive director of this innovative program for high-risk teenage boys in the foster care system. SailFuture executive director Mike Long will discuss how the program's combination of challenging sailing experiences, counseling, experiential education and long-term housing changes the trajectory of these boys’ lives, and prepares them for a future of community contribution and leadership. After the presentation, mingle with the LSP class members to hear about the details of how they will be helping SailFuture in the coming months. More information can be found at

"The Leadership St. Pete Class of 2018 is already devoting themselves wholeheartedly to this project," said Janette Dean, Chair of LSP Class of 2018. “Their passion for SailFuture as a unique, entrepreneurial nonprofit in St. Pete is evident by the selection of the home as their class project and through continued efforts to give these young men a better learning environment with additional opportunities for success.”

Please direct media inquiries regarding LSP to one of the following media contacts:

Matt Dieter
LSP Marketing Committee Chair

Janette Dean
Chair, LSP Class of 2018

Tee Grizzard
Chair-Elect, LSP Class of 2019

SailFuture’s mission is to fundamentally change the life trajectory of every youth served by empowering them to change their behavior, improve their self-concept, and overcome deeply seeded trauma. Founded in 2013 initially as an after-school mentoring program for at-risk youth, the organization now operates a licensed, specialized residential care facility in St. Petersburg, FL for teenage foster youth. The program leverages challenging sailing experiences, counseling, experiential education, and long-term housing to help some of society’s most challenging boys develop into independent young men. To learn more, visit

The mission of LSP is to identify, recruit and develop leaders who represent the diversity of our city and who will assume future leadership roles in our community. The LSP program is made possible through the generous support of community partners like Duke Energy, Eckerd College Leadership Development Institute, Heritage Insurance and Collaborative Labs at St. Petersburg College, Patron Sponsors of the Class of 2018. To learn more, visit

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